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Spy: The Inside Story of How The FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    Author did his homework

    Good book that at times was tough to put down. It appears to have been very well researched; I'm not sure who the author could have additionally interviewed that would had added anything to the book. I was very impressed with the interviews and comments from Russians, as those must have taken quite the effort to secure.

    Very good, detailed account of the entire life of Hanssen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2010

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    Worthwhile read.

    Found this true story to be as absorbing as any work of crime fiction. A thorough and informative look at the enigma of Robert Hanssen. The glaring contradictions in Hanssen's life truly astound the reader. The harm he did to the country is shocking, but the pain and humiliation he inflicted on his family are inestimable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    WOW! AMAZING!

    This book is amazing from start to finish. Better than the movie! This book kept me on my toes for days and the ending is perfect and all true!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2007

    Excellent book

    This book is fascinating... full of facts, not opinions... very clear and concise... and probably the best book to get into the mind of this spy... as much as is possible. It made you want to keep reading... almost read like a novel in the way it was written. One of my favorites for sure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Excellent

    Excellent book. Mr. Wise delves deep into the archives and questions many people at length to get the amount of information presented here. This is no joke of a book. The writing is superb and the author had all the information to back it up. This book shows what sets an amateur writer/researcher apart from a great one. The abundance of information (which he claims to have partly gathered from 350 interviews from 150 people) is very accurate. He also writes in a style that keeps the reader interested which he achieves by jumping from one interesting anecdote of Hanssen's life to the next. This is one of the better (and more thrilling) spy books I have read. The amateur should be encouraged as Wise writes in a straightforward manner and usually explains any questions that the reader might have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Everything that Robert Hansen did in life was just a cover up everything he did was just like chameleon. He did not have a very good self worth of himself as a person. He was always trying to please everyone else but himself. Now look back at what he made a mess in his life for being a spying for the Russians and he only received around $750,000 million dollars and he now gets to spend the rest of his life in prison for espionage. All he needed to do was just look at what he was making and how many years would he spend behind bars and he would of received his answer. Lets take a look at what might of been making as FBI agent $60,000 a year then he spends 30 years in prison and would have made from the FBI 1,800,000 million dollars. Was it worth the pain that Robert put all of his close friends through this ordeal? He just did not hurt himself but everybody around him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    The movie was better.

    I had watched the television movie about Robert Hanssen and wanted to know more about this story, so I looked for a book. This one seemed to have good reviews, but my impression is it is little more than a chronology: Bob sold this information to the Russians and got this much money. Then he changed jobs and sold some more information for another sum of money, etc. The last few chapters were the best an providing some insights into this troubled man and his escapades. The movie was far more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2009

    Great Espionage Book!

    I lived near the drop off spot that Robert Hanssen used and wanted to know just how much damage he had done to the US Government. This book not only gives you information on the extent of the damage to the government but also background information of Hanssen's life at home and previous missions conducted. It shows just how smart Hanssen was at not being detected by the government. Great story and a worthwhile read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    A fascinating read, a horrifying man

    David Wise write a splendid book about a man whose soul is poisoned for eternity. Having the book in my apartment for more than four days gave me goosebumps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

    This book is scary

    If you are looking for a well written book that goes into detail about the atrocities commited by Hanssen, this book will not dissappoint. Most importantly it is highly entertaining and reads like a novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    Great book

    This book is the best book I read on R.Hanssen. the best part about it is that it is based on proven facts and not personal opinions. The book gives just enough history and background information on other key players (except Hanssen) to keep the reader from being confused. Excellent book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    Great Book

    Very interesting and informative really keeps you reading.,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Close But No Cigar

    As the critics have noted, Wise probably has written the best book to date on the Hanssen case. Nevertheless, even with his sources (Current and former FBI agents involved in the investigation who have prostituted themselves out to the media in order to make their role in the investigation seem more significant and noble) Wise's effort still falls way short of being accurate. Someday the whole truth may be told, but not in this forum. Until then, kudo's to the FBI agents whose integrity and committment to the National Security of this country outshine the need to see their name in print.

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